Lyme Disease: The Silent Deadly Killer

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WHY CARE?

AS STATED BY THE CDC ( center for Disease Control), 

 This is a tragedy that affects close to 400,000 in the USA alone yearly, and growing. LYME DISEASE  the fastest spreading vector-borne, (insect biting) disease in the USA and Canada, the number of new cases of Lyme is 1.5 times greater than breast cancer and 7 times greater than HIV/AIDS. 200 children get Lyme disease every day, that’s 4 school buses of children a day diagnosed with Lyme.

The cost to treat Lyme disease is in excess of $1 billion per year, or approximately $3,000 per patient per year. But, the per-patient cost of treating PTLDS (Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome), now becoming quite common for this disease, can be in the $30,000 – $500,000 range.Most insurance plans only cover treatment for the first month, leaving the patient with out of pocket expenses for medication, supplements,  treatment and in some cases care giving.

Since they were first published in 2000, the guidelines for Lyme disease have been the subject of intense controversy, including an antitrust investigation by the state of Connecticut in 2008 and hundreds of protests. The  guidelines, which are followed by the CDC, restrict antibiotic treatment to two to four weeks and dismiss the existence of chronic Lyme disease, despite 700 of international, journal & scientific studies documenting cases of persistent and dibilitating infection after short-term antibiotic treatment. In contrast, the ILADS (International Lyme Disease Associated Society ) guidelines recognize chronic Lyme and recommend that the “duration of therapy be guided by clinical response rather than by an arbitrary treatment course.” OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE and if LYME DISEASE is allowed to continue through the USA, not to mention other countries and if means for effective diagnosis and treatment continue to be ignored by governing bodies, everyone is a debilitating bite away, not caught early enough, as numerous cases are. LYME does not discriminate who will be targeted. 

For more information : www.whatislyme.comwww.ilads.orgwww.bayarealyme.orgwww.murakamicenterforlyme.comwww.projectlyme.org

Michelle Lam